Week 1 Injury Update

OUT:

Deshaun Watson – This will probably be the last time I will include him in the injury report as he is expected to be inactive for the entire season unless he is traded (which seems more unlikely as the weeks go on). Tyrod Taylor will be the starter for the Houston Texans as of now, decreasing the value of the fantasy-relevant players like David Johnson, and Brandin Cooks. I would avoid any Texans until proven otherwise.

Gus Edwards – Well, it’s not looking good for the Ravens. First JK Dobbins, then Justice Hill, and now Gus Edwards is out for the season. The Ravens signed Latavius Murray, Le’Veon Bell, and Devonta Freeman to the team and they will be competing with Ty’Son Williams for the starting role. It seems that Williams will be the lead back for week 1 against the Raiders but the starting role will be up for debate for the rest of the weeks. My guess, it will be an ugly split among at least three of them leaving very few opportunities for actual fantasy points. If I had to pick one, I would say that Latavius Murray has the most potential.

Tre’Quan Smith – With Michael Thomas out for half the season, there was some hope in Tre’quan Smith becoming the main receiver for the Saints. This hope is now gone as Smith has been dealing with a hamstring injury all preseason and losing that WR 1 role to Marquez Callaway. The Saints have now placed Smith on the IR (Injured reserve) which will cause him to miss several games. Callaway should be a low-end flex option for this week as he has a tough matchup against Jaire Alexander and the Packers.

Curtis Samuel – Samuel was placed on the IR (injured Reserve) and will miss the first three weeks of the season. This was expected as Samuel was dealing with this injury for the entirety of the preseason. There are no replacement WRs that would be fantasy relevant at this moment leaving Terry McLaurin as the lone receiver once again.

Jamison Crowder – Crowder is the first player to miss a game because of COVID this season and I hope he will be the last. Keelan Cole will be questionable for this game leaving Corey Davis and Elijah Moore as the main targets. Davis is the only player I would feel somewhat comfortable starting this week until I can really see what Zach Wilson can do.

Evan Engram – Engram is going to be out this week with a calf injury and I’m going to make it easy for you, just drop him. It sounds harsh but there are better options out there that will be much better than Engram.

Questionable:

Saquon Barkley Barkley was limited in practice on Friday as he is still recovering from his ACL tear from last year. He is listed as questionable and is expected to be on a snap count if he does play. He is still a mid to low RB 2 this week because of his upside. If he does not play, Devontae Booker will be the main back and should be a decent flex option. If you are a Barkley owner, I do recommend pickup up Booker for at least this week.

Odell Beckham Jr. – Browns head coach stated that “We’ll let you know 90 minutes before the game”. OBJ is still recovering from his season-ending ACL injury from last year and he still hasn’t even been tackled yet in practice, which isn’t a great sign. The Browns also have a difficult matchup against the Chiefs which does not help Odell’s case. I would wait a week before starting OBJ. Jarvis Landry would become the WR 1 for this week if OBJ is out and he should be a decent flex option with or without OBJ playing.

Darnell Mooney – Mooney did practice in full on Friday which is a good sign. What’s not great is the matchup against the Rams, the QB situation in Andy Dalton (even though it is better than any option last year), and the fact that it is the Sunday night game leaving very few options for a replacement if Mooney is declared out. This is an obvious sit for me this week. I would only feel comfortable playing Allen Robinson this week.

Nelson Agholor – While Agholor is a great fantasy value and has potential with Mac Jones as the starting QB, even without the injury I would recommend sitting him for a week to see his involvement in this offense. There are no receivers that I would start from this team for at least the first few weeks.

Emmanuel Sanders – Its not like you were going to start him anyway, or even have him on your team but for those of you that do, he will be questionable with a foot injury this week. Here’s some advice, drop Sanders and pick up Gabriel Davis. You can thank me later.

Probable/ Will Play:

Carson Wentz – It is confirmed that Wentz will start this week against the Seattle Seahawks. He has not been that intriguing of a fantasy option for me and without great receiving weapons, he seems like a decent streaming QB for the season. I would pass on him this week though as there are better streaming QB options and the uncertainty of this passing game concerns me.

Austin Ekeler – Ekeler has been dealing with a hamstring injury and got in a limit practice on Friday but he is expected to play this week. He does have a tough matchup against Washington but he should still be start-worthy. Just don’t expect a top-five performance from Ekeler this week.

Josh Jacobs-Josh Jacobs was dealing with a toe injury and missed half a week of practice. Luckily, it seems that he is recovering well and returned to practice on Thursday. He also plays Monday night giving him an extra day to recover. Jacobs should be a decent fantasy option this week but has a tough opponent in the Baltimore Ravens.

D’Andre Swift – Swift was taken off the injury report and is a full go for this week’s matchup against the 49ers. It was also stated that there will be no restrictions to his workload e.g. a snap count. It is a tough opponent, but Swift should see a good amount of volume and is a solid RB 2 option.

Kenny Golladay – Golladay has been removed from the injury report and will play this week against the Broncos. With the injury still looming for Saqoun Barkley, Daniel Jones might need to rely more on the passing game this week. Golladay should be a low-end WR 2 with a high upside.

Courtland Sutton – Sutton is recovering from an ACL tear from last year but did participate in the final preseason game for the Broncos two weeks ago. It looks like it’s all systems go for him this Sunday and he will be a low-end WR 2 in his first game back in almost a year.

Noah Fant – Fant was dealing with an injury earlier this week but will play week 1 against the Giants. This is not unusual for Fant and fantasy owners should expect situations like this throughout the season. More often than not, he will play that week even if he is questionable. 

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